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Wind Generator/Radar Upgrade

Greetings fellow sailors,

I'm new to this forum so appreciate patience and help. I've got a 1981 Tartan 42 that came rigged with a good radar pole mounted on the stern deck (very narrow on the T-42). I'm working on transitioning to f/t cruising and would like to add a wind generator mounted to this pole. The Air Breeze looks good so far. Any insight/advice on this unit and mounting to a strong existing pole aft would be appreciated. The existing radar is a still operable but an out-of-date Raymarine CRT amp hog that I'm also looking to replace with a new unit. Already have a good chartplotter/sounder at the helm, but would like reliable radar and GPS backup in the nav station. Any units stand out as great value for the dollar?

Nice to finally be part of this group. I've been taking advice through random searches for a while now so thought I would make it official.

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We installed a rutland 914 last spring. The air breeze was also on the top of my list. Noise, or the lack of, was very important to me. The rutland is nearly silent.
After a season of use we have found the wind generator gave us about 1/3 of our daily needs. We have seperate fridge and freezer units plus microwave and other utilities. I discovered we could go about 4 days w/o having to fire up the engine to charge. The addition of solar panels this year will improve this even more.
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I'm switching totally to solar for a couple reasons. First and foremost, my old wind generator was really noisy, especially at night when I wanted to sleep. Second, the wind never seems to blow when I need to charge the house batteries. Granted, the sun isn't 24-hours a day, but most of the time there's more than enough sunlight, even on overcast days, to put a charge on the batteries.

That said, I actually had a solar panel go bad on me after just two and half months service. I was amazed that it died so quickly. My old solar panel, same brand, lasted for six years and is still running just fine. Guess I just got a dud this time around.

My old wind generator post will soon be sporting a new Lowrance 3G Broadband Radar system, which will connect directly to my Lowrance HDS7. I sincerely believe it will make a great combination.

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Try this post

Choosing and Installing a Wind Generator
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Practical Sailor (the Consumer Reports of sailing gear) did a very good test of wind generators.

Worth a read: http://www.naviclub.com/Test_compara...nes_marine.pdf
Hope that helps!

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Picture of my radar, solar, wind generator for your review. When the wind generator gets to loud, usually around 25-30 knots I turn it off. Good luck!
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Thanks to all. Very helpful insights. Will let you know how it goes.
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